/ Asked by Katie
What if I disliked my last boss?
Answered by Jonathan, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, September 21, 2012
I suggest not referencing this during your intervew process.  Although there are ways to position this properly, it's a personal opinion that would more than likely be viewed as negative and ultimately impact your candidacy.  You should focus on the positive aspects of your previous position, presenting what you took from the experience and are ready to apply in the role you're interviewing for. 
Answered by Michael, Hiring Expert at Johnson Controls, Inc., on Friday, September 21, 2012
This is likely one of the most difficult questions to answer in an interview. If you're asked why you left your most recent position and the primary motivator was that you disliked your boss, I would recommend that you do not mention that, but instead present your secondary motivation. From an employer's perspective, if you talk poorly of a previous manager, there's a risk that you may have issues with authority that may show up with any leadership over you. Just leave any negative comments about leadership out!
Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, October 4, 2012
Even if you did dislike your last boss it is best to not say that in an interview. When you talk negatively about employers it causes concern and makes you seem like a negative person or someone that puts blame on others, and this could cost you the position. Nobody wants to hire a negative person. It is best to focus on your accomplishments and what skills you can bring to the new position.
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Thursday, October 18, 2012
You will most likely be asked, "Tell me about a time you had to work with a difficult person."  If you choose to reference your former boss, I would highlight the objective and not personal opinion reasons that he or she was difficult.  I would practice your response and seek feedback from others to ensure that it is professional and objective.
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Thursday, April 4, 2013
Great question! Nobody is perfect, your last boss included. Sometimes we don’t mix well with someone and that is alright. The important thing is to maintain a high level of professional maturity. We don’t have to like everyone we work with but we should always show respect to others and continue to work hard. If you left your job because of your “last boss”, be sure to take the high road and minimize the ‘boss hating’. If asked in an interview why you left, keep it professional. It’s important to speak to experiences that directly relate to your position and not personality conflicts.
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